At 1 p.m. CDT on Oct. 17, the Public Library Association (PLA) hosted a live, hour-long webinar, “ Make Way for Makerspaces at the Library” (PLA login required for this site. The presentation was given by Lauren Britton, transliteracy development director at the Fayetteville (N.Y.) Free Library, and creator of the first public library makerspace, the Fayetteville Fab Lab.
Makerspaces are innovative spots that introduce patrons to tools, like 3D printers and makerbots, not normally found in the library and offer patrons the opportunity to explore their interests, use new tools and develop creative projects. During this PLA webinar, participants will learn all about makerspaces including what they are, why public libraries should think about developing them and what elements need to be incorporated. The presentation covered projects, programming ideas and examples of current library makerspaces.